Unfortunately, football related activities have ceased. I'm not desperate enough to say anything about NFL minicamps, so the news and notes from this past week consists of things tangential to football.
Conference Expansion: The Pac 10 & Big 12 Conferences met in Phoenix for "an informal gathering", according to Big 12 commissioner Dan Beebe. The formality of the get-together aside, joining forces might be attractive in the wake of eventual Big 10 expansion. Therefore, discussing TV contracts is a fine place to start (which might or might not have been discussed). I'm not willing to go out on a limb and believe "a source" about that important matter.
Law & Order (Probably a reoccurring feature so why not kick it off with this):
NFL Hall of Fame Linebacker Lawrence Taylor ("Client-1") was charged in New York State with third-degree rape and patronizing a prostitute. This story also involves a pimp and a 16-year-old runaway. The Federal government is prosecuting this case. The arrest has been taken very serious by NutriSystem as they have dropped LT as spokesman.
LSU Center T-Bob Hebert was given a DUI after backing into a parked car. A breathalyzer showed that Hebert was over the legal limit (.08 BAC). LSU head coach Les Miles has indefinitely suspended Hebert who started every game last season except the Capital One Bowl. Hebert's arrest was the second alcohol related incident for the Tigers this offseason. Starting WR Terrance Toliver was arrested and tasered in March following a fight outside of a bar in the vicinity of the LSU campus.
Texas Tech University wants four employees removed from the lawsuit brought against the school by former coach Mike Leach (who was controversially fired "for cause", see what I wrote about it here). Tech's attorney Dicky Grigg is also trying to have the entire suit dismissed by invoking "sovereign immunity" which would preclude the school from being sued without "permission from the Texas legislature or without a waiver based on the defendant's conduct." Tech did not seek to have Craig James removed from the suit (who recently described himself as being in a "spiritual war" against Leach). The next hearing will be May 14.
From the Unemployment Line: JaMarcus Russell was released by the Oakland Raiders. I wrote about the Rise and Fall of JaMarcus here. For those of you looking for a visualization of Russell's departure, you can consult the fine work of LSUFreek (follow him on twitter) here.
Pam Ward Won a Real Broadcasting Award: Yeah, so that happened. I have laid out some details about why I oppose such a thing here. I decided to get more proactive than that and write a letter to the person in charge. You can read the letter, which has already been sent, here.
There are 117 days until college football. Hang in there...